Christmas parade planners could tighten rules, attorney says

Published: Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at 04:47 PM.

CRESTVIEW — The Main Street Crestview Association could tighten Christmas parade application guidelines to filter applicants, a Laurel Hill attorney said Friday.

"It looks to me they could give it some more rules," Laurel Hill City Attorney Daniel Campbell said.

The current application includes questions for routine information and payment options. Applicants agree to guidelines that pertain to participants’ safety and visibility, understanding of the parade route, and rain procedure.

Additionally, event organizers could include a question on the application that asks applicants to describe their parade entry. 

"Then a committee could decide whether that activity is appropriate or not," Campbell said.

Current city attorney Jerry Miller and former city attorney Ben Holley wouldn’t comment on the matter, as of press time.

Following the Dec. 1 Christmas parade, many criticized participant Save me from the Fire ministry, which featured a Pensacola student minister who shouted anti-gay remarks, damned parade attendees to hell and denied Santa Claus’ existence from a megaphone.

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